ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Governor Hochul on Thursday received a $ 4.25 million grant over five years from Addiction and Mental Health Services to help prevent drug and opioid overdose deaths in the community .
The announcement coincides with the first-ever NYS Opioid Overdose Awareness Day hosted by the NYS Department of Health to mark those who have died of overdoses, celebrating families and dedicated frontline workers to save lives.
The grant will fund training for community providers, first responders, with overdose prevention initiatives, as well as individuals and families.
“In New York, we are stepping up our efforts to tackle the crisis by increasing education and awareness and promoting prevention and treatment services. Governor Hochul said. “On the occasion of the first Opioid Overdose Awareness Day in New York State, I encourage those struggling with drug addiction not to be discouraged in seeking help and support.
The NYS Office of Addiction Services (OASAS) will focus on expanding knowledge of overdose prevention strategies to “key community sectors” that work with pregnant people, postpartum people, their families, and domestic violence. The agency will also work closely with the Native American / Indigenous community and the LGBT + community.
OASAS Comm. Arlene González-Sánchez said: “Together with our partner agencies, we are developing innovative approaches to reach vulnerable populations that we might not otherwise be able to reach. ”
Available addiction treatments, including crisis / detox care, inpatient, community residences, or outpatient care, can be found using the NYS OASAS Processing Availability Dashboard or by the NYS OASAS website.